Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) (Stackable)
At PSR, we understand the call to serve the people of God in diverse and unique ways and the divergent paths that have led you to answer such a call. You may be a progressive evangelical looking for an academic home to pursue your MDiv; or someone with no current religious affiliation, but a great passion to serve others. Perhaps you’re an LGBTQ+ Christian wanting to understand the inherent pluralism of Christianity that makes room for you. Or, you desire to understand how the context of American Christianity impacts your personal identity. PSR’s innovative and creative path—the Stackable MDiv—provides spiritual formation and answers for church leaders, as well as leaders in spiritually grounded non-profit organizations.
The MDiv at PSR has three stacks, organized in ascending steps toward the MDiv degree. Students receive a credential at the end of each academic year, ensuring that each year of study leads to a tangible outcome.
At the end of your first year of study in the program, you will be awarded a Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (C.S.S.C). In the first year, the focus of the C.S.S.C provides a cohort experience through foundational and required courses, while emphasizing ongoing personal change and social transformation. At the end of the second year, you will complete the Master of Arts in Social Transformation (M.A.S.T) which takes seriously the contexts of religious, theological, spiritual and intellectual diversity. The second year’s courses are oriented towards theological and practical formation, equipping students to think critically about socio-political dynamics to reflect constructively on the role played by religion and theological traditions in movements for social change. In the third year, you will complete the final requirements for a Master of Divinity with the possibility of two concentrations— Chaplaincy OR Congregational Ministry.
PSR also offers the Certificate of Sexuality and Religion, which can be accomplished as a concurrent certificate program in the three years of the M.Div. This certificate is also a concentration, and thus is received alongside the M.DIV. In this curriculum stack you earn the MAST in the second year and the M.DIV and C.S.R in the third year.
We encourage students to pursue an understanding of their own faith tradition in light of global, ecumenical, and inter-disciplinary concerns, institutions, and movements represented at PSR and the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). Students who complete the PSR MDiv achieve the following program learning outcomes. They will be able to:
- Articulate an understanding of texts and traditions, apply them to particular situations, and critically engage with those texts and traditions
- Theologically ground ministerial and vocational arts, including preaching, worship leadership, pastoral care, and community organizing.
- Communicate the theological and/or philosophical and/or aesthetic traditions of one’s own religious community or communities.
- Engage in creating new theological discourses.
- Articulate the relationship of a theological and/or religious text to its context of origin and use and understand a spectrum of approaches for interpreting sacred texts today.
- Recognize all knowledge as contextual
- Articulate the importance and significance of the various factors that shape one’s own context
- Demonstrate an awareness of another’s context, especially across differences with respect to race, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, class, culture, nationality and religious affiliation, etc.
- Imagine how to translate across and among various contexts.
- Avoid inappropriate boundary crossing and misappropriation.
- Articulate the connection between spiritual practice(s) and the development of a leadership style
- Demonstrate personal integrity and character based on spiritual values.
- Practice a spirituality that engages the wider society.
- Develop a spiritual-rootedness to sustain world-changing work.
- Effectively link spirituality and leadership in a community of accountability.
- Engage life and work with cultural humility and respect for cross cultural differences.
- Form effective partnerships with various organizations and individuals
- Work effectively with people of different backgrounds, cultures and experiences.
- Incorporate insights from non-academic contexts.
- Integrate the various intellectual disciplines, fields, topics, and themes of theological education in the practices of ministry and public leadership in a variety of contexts
- Articulate a theologically grounded position on social justice issues.
- Organize community efforts toward achieving social change.
- Develop a definition of social transformation in critical, constructive, theological, and historical modes.
For full program description, see the PSR Academic Catalog.
Before the end of your first semester of study, usually in October, you will complete an MDiv Entrance Interview in consultation with your advisor. By the end of your first academic year of study, you will submit a Vocational Academic Plan as a statement of covenant between you and PSR for the completion of your degree. This plan proposes a rationale for course selection in light of your vocational plans and denominational and academic requirements. For your convenience, you may download forms and guidelines relevant to these first year milestones, and they are additionally located in your MDiv program manual:
- MDIV ENTRANCE INTERVIEW
Submit online by October 31st for Summer/Fall new MDiv students
or March 30th for Intersession/Spring new MDiv students
- SPIRITUAL FORMATION PLAN
Complete Structured Conversation with Campus Pastor at the end of SPFT 1082/8182 (or in Spring semester) and submit your brief plan online by the last day of your first year
- MDIV VOCATIONAL ACADEMIC PLAN
Submit online by the last day of your first year
The Middler Review, a meeting held at midpoint in the MDiv program, is a comprehensive review of your theological understanding of ministry, academic record, field education experience, and development of proficiencies in ministry in the light of your denomination’s requirements for ordination and personal vocational objectives.
This Middler Review meeting — attended by you, your advisor, another faculty member, a denominational representative and a peer — is a time of support, assessment, review, and planning. It includes a middler interview with your advisor and the development of a substantive middler theological statement of 15-20 pages which forms the basis for discussion at the review meeting.
Upon completion of this review, you must submit a Middler Review report to your advisor in order to enter the program’s final year. It is strongly recommended and may in some cases be required for students to either have completed or be currently taking their Field Education requirement and Theology requirement before the Middler may be allowed. For your convenience, you may download forms and guidelines relevant to these first year milestones, and they are additionally located in your MDiv program manual:
Panel Assessment Guide and Form
Panel members submit at the end of your Middler ReviewSelf-Assessment Form
Submit a copy for your Middler packet
Middler Review Theological/Vocational Statement Guidelines
Finally, you will complete a Senior Integrative Essay at the end of the MDiv program. This essay is developed in the Senior Integrative Seminar (MDV 4500/8400), and should demonstrate the competencies of a person completing the required courses of study in the MDiv, and ready for professional ministry. In addition to this essay, you will also submit an MDiv Exit Interview. For your convenience, you may download forms and guidelines relevant to these first year milestones, and they are additionally located in your MDiv program manual:
Submit online by the last day of your last year.